Another addition to the killer interview questions collection: how old were you when you got your first job?
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As advertising executive Hannah Paramore points out in a New York Times interview, the question helps establish your work ethic:
If they worked part time in high school and college because they needed to, especially in jobs that were just hard work that shows a huge level of personal responsibility. I love people who have to patch success together from a number of different angles.
Lying is rarely a good idea in a job interview, but if you were someone who studied all the way through high school rather than working and you sense that saying that won't go over well, you could always bend the truth a little and lower the age when you started. No-one is going to check with your putative teenage boss. But pick a job you have worked in — if you flat-out lie and say you worked at KFC and it turns out your interviewer did too, it's going to be a tricky fiction to sustain. Also bear in mind that the age at which you can legally start working varies.
How would you answer the question?
Hannah Paramore, On Keeping Strengths From Running Amok [New York Times via Business Insider]